Financial Aid – To Appeal or Not To Appeal?

so i received my finaid package from BU just now. it’s better than previous years, but in this economy, it’s still not enough. essentially i’m being asked to give up my entire summer’s earnings. that just can’t happen since it’s summer – life costs money. i’m either going to have to apply for an unsubsidized loan or appeal the decision. anyone have any experience appealing? if i were to get just $1000 extra grant money, that would be enough.

Post 4th of July Thoughts

last night was pretty fun. i don’t drink often so it’s fun to let go sometimes. hanging with friends – meeting new people – playing some competitive beirut – setting off fireworks and running from cops. this type of partying… it’s fun. it makes me think about how long this can last. once you grow up, you can’t do this type of shit anymore. when you’re 40, there’s no more ragers. it’s just not your thing. but i suppose by the time you get to that age, your tastes in entertainment and views on life would have changed yet again. 40 years old… that’s double my current age. life would be quite different. i guess i would go to work… come home to my kids and wife… grab a beer… surf some internet on my quantum computer and huge monitor… well, i suppose not much will change then :)

well, it’s sunday. the weather’s nice. i’m going to go find something fun to do… i have all day tomorrow to sit in front of a computer.

My New Mouse – Logitech G9 Laser

so i impulse bought this as a slickdeal – $29 after rebate from amazon. i’ve had this mouse for about a week now. i switched from a MX518 – which was working fine, haha. both mouses are gaming-grade and both perform very well.

mini-review: the mouse feels nice in the hands, especially if you have a gamer grip (usually more focus/pressure with the fingers) due to the wideness. i’ve tested it in my normal games and it’s definitely responsive and accurate. the mouse’s ability to store profiles is great – having certain bindings for each mouse button is so useful and convenient.

i’m a big fan of logitech. they make great products. i have logitech z-5500 5.1 speakers, logitech g15 keyboard (1st edition), 2 logitech mouses, and some other items.

Logitech G9 Laser Mouse

Life So Far

there’s nothing to write about except how well my life is going. i’m about to finish my 4th week at my internship – i’m learning so much – and my project is more than half-way done. this weekend is going to be filled with shenanigans. there’s still a lot of summer left – so much to look forward to… camping, montreal, end-of-season tournament, six flags, and some more.

my long-awaited blackberry tour is going to be released in ~2.5 weeks so i can finally upgrade to a smartphone (with internet). i checked out the palm pre today at a sprint store and it looks really nice. the interface is slick for sure – definitely a true iPhone competitor. i think i will upgrade to the blackberry with only a 1-year contract so i can upgrade again next summer =O maybe to the palm pre or an HTC touch pro 2…

Blackberry Tour

i don’t have much content on the site now right. when i feel less lazy, i’ll add to my portfolios.

Frustrating Day

so i’m getting farther in my project. i developed some code and now it’s integration and customization into the customer’s website. the only problem is that the existing site code is so poorly coded and maintained. there are barely any comments, long variable names, seemingly random hardcodes and logic blocks, etc. it is a giant mess… needless to say, this project turned from fun learning into determined frustration. the web site needs a redesign ASAP.

Real Work

it’s my second week at Verndale. work is challenging and i’m constantly busy. it’s a change from my old company, but a welcome one. i’m learning a lot on the job. i got assigned my first project and it looks like a big one at over 100+ manhours speculated. i’ll be the engineer, doing most of the coding and QA.

i’m worried about how i’m performing though. you’re supposed to report at least 8 hours of work a day and it’s hard for me to do so (complicated/extensive time management system). a job estimated at 1 hour takes me 2 hours because i’m still learning. i hope i’m not failing any expectations.

What WolfGang Ultimate Needs To Do

we lost our game today against Porkbellies. i consider them as rivals because our record against them is 2 losses and 1 win. however, i am so frustrated and disappointed at the loss today because it was all our fault. we showed up late and didn’t warm up properly. we threw so many turnovers – our defensive fire was not there – our offense was sluggish and shaky. i’m going to clamp down at practice again. we can’t afford to joke around any longer.

we need to learn:

  • offense strategies
    • zone
    • vertical stack
    • horizontal stack
  • hard, intense defense
    • keeping the force (not getting broken)
    • marking intensely (shuffling back and forth)
    • dictating where we want our man to go

our team needs to show up to practice and give it our all. we need to build team chemistry and increase our ultimate skills. i’m really trying but how can i motivate my players? all i can do now is keep nudging and hoping.

Poor Sleep

I haven’t been sleeping too well recently ever since I moved back to my “old room.” I sleep on top bunk, in a small mattress fenced in by metal to stop myself from falling off. Every morning, my sister wakes up for school and makes a huge racket. She turns on the light – makes a shitload of noise. When my mom wakes up, she creates her own chaos. Sometimes she’ll yell at my sister – sometimes she’ll start fussing over everything. My mom is going insane. I know people say that about their parents all the time – but my mom is a workaholic. She is constantly stressed and lets the stress affect her life way too much.

New Website Launched

I just installed WordPress. I can see why many people use it – it is a very slick weblog application…

I started work at Verndale recently. It’s an interesting place – a small corporation. There’s much to learn and I’m pretty excited about my short career there.

My summer ultimate frisbee team is coming along. We have our second game this Thursday. First game was a win – let’s see if we can keep it up.